Brussels, Belgium

Cinquantenaire and the Parc de Bruxelles (Royal Park)

This run is an opportunity to run two of the city’s nicest parks and also enjoy some important sites. The Cinquantenaire is a lovely park with beautiful manicured paths. It is home to the Arcades du Cinquantenaire, sort of a meld of the Arc de Triomphe and the Brandenberg gate. There are also several museums: Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Art and Architecture, Auto Musuem, and the Islamic Center. It is ~1,7 miles around the perimeter. Our route also includes a run over to Royal Bark (Parc de Bruxelles). There are two options here: for a straight shot, take Rue de Loi (N3a), passing several EC buildings, west to Royal Park. This park is a bit smaller, and lies between the royal palace and the Belgian parliament. At the southeast corner is a Museum of Musical Instruments and Modern Art Museum. And just east of Royal Park is Gare Central and the heart of Brussels’ museums and tourist areas.

For a more scenic/historic tour, our friends at CityRuns recommend taking Rue Jacques Lalaing through Sq. Frere Orban one-way, and Rue Luxembourg through Espace Leopold and Parc Leopold by the House of European History.

Note: A nice add-on to this run is Leopold Park.

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Essentials
  • 4.4 mile loop
  • 182 feet.
  • Metro Schuman or along Rue de Loi
  • Metro: Scuman